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Re: Another one bites the dust
Nixon, still suffering lingering effects of the flu, refuses to reschedule, arrives a few hours before the debate, bangs his already injured knee on the car door at the airport, doesn't rest but instead goes directly to the studio, where he refuses offers of makeup, opting instead to put something called "Lazy Shave" on his five o'clock shadow.
Nixon carried the harsh, painful lessons of that early televised debate with him for the rest of your life. He even told David frost, seventeen years later, "It doesn't matter who you are. It doesn't matter what you say. What matters is how you look on television".
No Presidential candidate since then has ignored this basic proinciple, with the possible exception of Walter Mondale in 1984.